2. Deadly Dyes

It’s not only the finishes on fabrics that can be harmful. Commercial dyes can be very toxic too, causing conditions like asthma and other respiratory problems and even cancers like leukaemia. This is why there are usually health and safety regulations for textile workers to follow when working with fabric dyes.

Once again, natural fabrics aren’t much safer to wear than synthetic fabrics if they’re drenched in harmful chemicals from the dyeing process. To minimize the risk without having to skimp on style, it’s best to wear organically produced fabrics that were dyed in natural dyes. Common vegetables and flowers, including onions, artichokes, beets, roses, irises, and daylilies can be used to produce fabrics in colours ranging from earthy browns and greens to vibrant pinks, reds, blues and purples.